ANYmal is a robot that can autonomously perform dangerous tasks that humans would normally have to do.
This four-legged bot can successfully navigate uneven terrain or debris and safely inspect hazardous industrial indoor or outdoor sites.
It can carry out time-critical search and rescue tasks – potentially saving human lives.
Its four legs allow the robot to crawl, walk, run, dance, jump, climb, carry – ANYmal can even perform on stage.
Developed by Zurich based ANYbotics, the ANYmal robot, was recently unveiled at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2018) in Brisbane.
ANYmal demonstrated the numerous benefits robotic technology can offer the community, industry and government – and was named winner of the Robot Launch Startup competition.
The competition, now in its 5th year, gives robotics innovators an opportunity to connect with the global business community, linking innovation and industry.
Organized by Silicon Valley Robotics, the competition has seen hundreds of robotics startups from more than 20 countries around the globe.
Robotics is coming of age
Silicon Valley Robotics Director Andra Keay, said: "Some of the best robotics startups come from places like Switzerland or Australia, but to get funding and to grow fast, they usually need to spend some time in Silicon Valley.
"The Robot Launch competition allows us to reach startups from all over the world and get them in front of top investors. Many of these startups have gone on to win major events and awards like TechCrunch Battlefield and CES Innovation Awards. So we know that robotics is also coming of age."
ANYbotics received $3,000 in prizemoney from QUT bluebox, Australia’s robotics accelerator, plus Silicon Valley Robotics membership and mentoring from the Robotics Hub.
ICRA 2019 will be held in Montreal, Canada.